The Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI)’s executive committee (EXCO) met on 26 - 27 March 2015 to finalise the draft memorandum of incorporation (MOI) of SAESI, to be presented at the Institute’s annual general meeting (AGM) in June this year in Kimberley; for adoption and implementation.
SAESI is a member-driven organisation that aims to further the interests of the emergency services’ fraternity. Since SAESI’s establishment in March 1959, then called the South Africa Fire Services Institute, members and their interests have been the Institute’s and its office bearers’ first priority.
Over the years, several changes had to be made to the Institute; some made willingly and others directed by legislation. One of these changes came in 2013 when the executive committee of the Institute investigated the registration of SAESI as a legal entity. After many discussions, the decision was taken to register SAESI as a non-profit company (NPC) under the Companies Act of 2008.
In August 2014, SAESI was officially registered as an NPC. With SAESI’s alignment with education and training, and its aim is to become the assessment quality partner (AQP) with the Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA) for firefighter training in South Africa, the registration had to be taken. The decision to partner with the LGSETA has been made and the process will be concluded soon. Beside the benefits mentioned, registration as an NPC will ensure that all the activities of SAESI are not only audited under the guidelines of the Companies Act, but it will ensure that all actions and activities will be transparent and accountable in line with good corporate governance; as indicated in the King III report. This includes the activities of SAESI’s various branches, the standing committees and the Institute’s head office.
26 - 27 March 2015 marks yet another milestone for SAESI, when the EXCO finalises the draft MOI of SAESI, to be presented at the Institute’s AGM in June 2015 in Kimberley; for adoption and implementation. This is a call to all the SAESI members to get a copy of the MOI from your branch chairperson and to become actively involved in the adoption and implementation of our MOI. To facilitate the process, EXCO members made themselves available to work hand in clove with branch chairpersons during workshops to be hosted by all branches during the months of April and May. Details of the workshops, including dates and venues, can be found on the SAESI website. Members are invited to attend these workshops.
We believe the chief fire officers and public servants who came together in 1959 to establish this great organisation will look down from heaven and salute every member in 2015, for brave steps taken to ensure that, not only does SAESI stay relevant in the 21st century, but also that it remains the official body recognised by government as the spokesperson for South Africa’s emergency services. ‘Be the change you want to see’.